Joanne Carro Finnen AP '20, '22, '24

Currently, I am part of the Oratory Prep Advancement Office, serving as the Associate Director of The Oratory Fund. In this role, I am tasked primarily with alumni outreach. I love to meet different alumni and listen to their stories about their years at OP. The teachers they had and the friends they made have clearly made it a special place to each of them.


My own OP story dates back to the 1980s. As a young girl, I would come watch my older brother John, Class of ‘84, play tennis with Father Manning as his coach. I remember our family attending the annual spaghetti supper event, and as a student at Mount Saint John Academy—Oratory's “sister school” at the time—my friends and I attended dances in the Bain gym. At sporting events, we could often be found in the stands enthusiastically cheering on OP’s basketball and soccer teams.

When it came time to choose a high school for my own three sons, Michael ‘20, James ‘22, and Colin ‘24, there was no doubt in my mind as to where they belonged. Not only did my brother's Oratory experience and the school's family atmosphere make a lasting impression on me, but as a career educator, I also understood the academic advantage offered by Oratory Prep. The teachers and staff of Oratory are incredibly skilled at providing a truly challenging education that is individualized enough to meet each student where he is and guide him forward. Teachers and students share a mutual respect and appreciation not just for each other, but for everything Oratory represents. And while the school has undergone many changes over the years, at its core it remains the same: it’s a place where motivated learners become confident young men of integrity armed with the courage and competency to become the next leaders of their generation.